Musician, Teacher, and Researcher
Rachael Sanguinetti is a passionate educator and performer from Rochester, New York. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the Eastman School of Music in 2015 where she majored in Music Education with a Vocal Emphasis and Musical Arts with a thesis focused in arts journalism. She also minored in Social Psychology and completed an Arts Leadership Certificate. Rachael then went on to earn a master’s degree at Ithaca College in 2018 with a focus in secondary general education and popular music education. Rachael is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Education at the Eastman School of Music with a focus in secondary general music, popular music, and student-centered instruction. She has been invited to present at multiple conferences across the US and has completed several research studies on the subject of popular music education. She also maintains an active performance career as a soprano, performing across the northeast in musical theatre and opera productions and as a soloist.
Rachael is a member of the music faculty and the Dean of Middle School Students at Allendale Columbia School in Pittsford, New York. She was recently named the David M. Pychon Chair for the Arts, an award recognizing top arts educators. At Allendale Columbia, she teaches chorus for grades 4-8, general music for grades 6-8, voice lessons, and music elective courses including Ukulele, Songwriting, Voice Class, Music in Movies and Video Games, and, her personal favorite, Modern Band.
Rachael has an active private piano and voice studio where she works with students ages 4 through adults. Rachael teaches online courses in music theory, songwriting, and ukulele for Constellation Learning, and online learning collective. Rachael also teaches early childhood music classes at the Eastman Community Music School for students ages 6 months to 3 years and their families. She loves working with students of all ages to pursue their own musical interests, to find their passions, and to make music with others.